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Comment I'm glad somebody is on the case (Score 5, Informative) 192

It would be nice to be able to buy real reputable chargers and batteries for laptops/phones on Amazon but, as Apple is now proving, thats essentially impossible. Its a better bet to go with something amazon basics branded than the actual OEM equipment, because at least Amazon will stand behind their own branded stuff. I bought a "Real, made by lenovo" charger laptop off Amazon for my T450s and it didn't have a serial number on it and it had odd markings that the real one didn't have. Counterfeit, for sure - theres no reason Lenovo would sell you a charger without a distinct serial number on it.

Doesn't Amazon have any power to stop sellers from selling counterfeit equipment? They don't have to vet the quality of every product they sell, but selling a new OEM product should require additional vetting. I don't care if they don't test a product thats clearly not OEM, then at least its a buyer beware scenario.

Comment Re:Look at that shift (Score 3, Insightful) 111

I'm pretty sure their goal is to pressure people into actually working less hours and have a life outside of work (while maybe saving the company some money in the process), not trick people into working two 30 hour jobs a week. I could be wrong, but this seems to be a whole different concept from "I work at McDonalds in the morning and as a janitor at night and I hate my lif!"

Comment Re:What happens at crunch time? (Score 2) 111

Well, 10-2 Monday->Thursday is only 16 hours a week, what they mean is that everyone has to be there during those hours, and then you can pick our own work hours for the other 14 hours you have to work. I.e. you could work 9-5, you could work 8-4, you could work 10-6, but you have to be there between 10 and 2 Monday to Thursday.

Comment Re:ah, yes (Score 3) 180

You beat me to writing the exact post I was about to write. Completely mind blowingly unacceptable maintenance. When my pool goes green, its because I was out of town for 2 weeks and didn't pay anyone to check it and forgot to top off the chlorinator, but sometimes I have more impotant things to handle than whether my pool is readily swimmable. As far as cyanuric acid is concerned, I was blown away when i discovered the relationshi between CYA, chlorine, and the effect of sunlight on the pool. At 50ppm CYA, you need like 3-5 ppm chlorine to keep the pool clean, and sunlight prevents the chlorine from breaking down as fast, but it makes shocking it very expensive if you forget your pool for a week and it turns green. Meanwhile, at a CYA level of 0, it might only take .25 to .5 ppm to keep it clean and as little as 1-2 to shock a green pool, but with no CYA, sunlight will destroy the chlorine instantly. In the middle levels of 10-30 CYA, you don't need as a high of a chlorine reading, and sun doesn't destroy the chlorine instantly, but you still need to watch it, BUT you can also dose less chlorine when you do. Its when the CYA gets up to like 100 that even shocking the pool becomes difficult because you need like 20ppm and even in a 24' 4' deep above ground, thats like 2 whole gallons of shock, and you might need to do that more than once. Gets expensive quick... easier just to keep the chlorine and cya levels lower.

Comment Re:Google giving the Business.. (Score 3, Interesting) 105

Where I work, we pay more than $250 a month for 30 by 30 fiber from TWC. Its pretty reliable, but reliably slow at such a low cap speed. The 10x10 fiber we have at some locations comes in under $200 a month, but the symmetric speeds means the download is tough when you need to grab a big file like driver updates and whatnot.

I'd love to pay $250 a month for business gigabit. Or $150 a month for 250.

I'm not saying its completely ok to drop the speeds/increase the price, but as the other sibling post pointed out, they're pretty good prices for business internet even if its not as good as the "retroactively introductory" price.

Comment Re:GTX 980 is not "upper midrange" (Score 1) 59

Well, if 2 980 tis are higher end than one 980 ti... three 980 tis are higher end than 2. If you just start stacking more of the same thing, its certainly a more high end overall solution, but it doesn't make the product that comprises that solution more high end. A Porsche 911 GT3 is a high end car, but a Bugatti Veyron costs more. The fact that you can always find something even more expensive to throw your money at doesn't mean that anything that was previously high end is now midrange. Of course, I don't actually intend to dictate what people call high end or not and even my own suggestion only means anything at this precise moment in time. Something like an Nvidia 8800 ultra used to be high end, but now is irrelevant since its so old and it barely keeps up with Intel integrated graphics.

Comment Re:GTX 980 is not "upper midrange" (Score 1) 59

Oh yeah, i forgot about the Titan-X. Thats more expensive, but its not really any faster than a 980 ti, it just has more GPU memory. Which is definitely something to put it even higher end, but at the end of the day they're basically both "I have money and want to be parted with it" solutions.

I'd get a GTX 970 if i were in the market for a GPU, but I don't play enough brand new games to warrant upgrading currently.

Comment GTX 980 is not "upper midrange" (Score 4, Informative) 59

The GTX 980 is not an upper midrange card. Its $500 and about the only thing faster is a GTX 980 TI. I know it sounds like a big deal for it to run well on a so-called midrange card, but if they wanted to do that they'd need to try it out on a GTX 950 or 960.

If I were the dictator of "video card performance nomenclature," it would be more like this:

GTX 950 - Midrange
GTX 960 - Upper Midrange
GTX 970 - Entry level High End
GTX 980 - High End
GTX 980ti - Cost No Object.

If a video card costs about what the average person spends on a whole computer these days, the phrase "midrange" does not get to be associated with it.

Comment Why your article won't be read (Score 5, Insightful) 148

I'm not even making a slashdot-type "nobody reads the article" joke here - literally no one anywhere is going to read the article when you use high-level SAT words and phrases like:

incestuous words
regime (not referring to a country's leadership)

If its supposed to be ironic, I get it, but if its not then you failed miserably and don't even understand your own ideas.

I think its good to have as big of a vocabulary as possible and I actually recognize most of these words or could figure it out from contrast, and I consider myself to have a fairly above-average vocab due to having an English teacher for a Mom, but repeatedly using "big" words like those is just a shortcut to letting us know you're an asshole without much to say.

tldr version:

Comment AMD vs Intel performance (Score 2) 311

Regardless of how many cores you have, 90% of the crap that 90% of people do doesn't even benefit from having more than two cpu cores, and it only benefits from that because you can use one core for "the app you're running in the foreground" and one core for literally all other background tasks so your system doesn't lock up if you really need to use 100% of a core, AMD can throw more cores at their CPUs but end users won't see real world performance benefits except in limited scenarios. Intel's super cheap Pentium G3220 at 3ghz (and with only two cores) beats everything AMD sells except for hand-picked benchmarks where AMD's core advantage overcomes its brutal per-clock disadvantage. Single threaded performance is whats king and you'd have to run an AMD cpu at like 5ghz to overcome its poor performance per clock to beat a 3ghz Intel (core-architecture) CPU. And its sad for me to say this because I bought nothing but AMD CPUs from like 2000 until 2014. I wish they could be competetive but the situation looks pretty bleak. I can't use their stuff when their 8 core 4.5ghz cpu is only "a little bit faster" than my 4 core 3ghz phenom from 2009, but my i7 4790k is like, a solid 3 times faster than that 2009 phenom in almost anything you throw at it.

Comment The story about it being fake is fake. (Score 3, Insightful) 37

The message board post saying it was a fake was a fake. It was in French and they were joking about how they're so good at making repros that its theirs and its a fake. Except they were joking.

This doesn't prove its real, but I wouldn't be quite so quick to jump to the conclusion that its a fake.

The guy who has it seems to be worried about plugging into the "7.6V" power input, but its pretty obvious that a 7.5V psone power supply will run it just fine.

In cases like this, skepticism is to be expected, but the "proof" that its "fake" was an admitted joke, so lets roll it back to "maybe fake" instead of "definitely fake" until more info comes out.

Comment Woe is you (Score 0) 227

I'm gonna say what everybody else already said with the added bonus of a harsh reality check.

Regardless of the expensive area you've chosen to live in, there is no excuse for you to not be able to survive 3 months without income. Love her or hate her, Suze Orman would be tearing you to shreds if you asked her this question, so i'm going to do so by proxy.

There are people out there that have to feed a family of 3 on $25,000 a year. They have to spend every dime they make on a place to live and food - and for that reason its somewhat acceptable if they're having difficulty saving a cash cushion, they'd have to be REALLY thrifty and still not really make it.

Meanwhile, a rough estimate of your income after taxes means you're probably taking $100-$125,000 a year home. With that level of cash in your pocket, you'd have to be snorting cocaine with $100 bills and then wiping your ass with it to not have more than a 3 month cushion after even just a couple years of employment.

You should be glad that you're making enough that you don't ACTUALLY have to worry about food or shelter. Not making the mortgage payment on your $600k mcmansion does not classify as "worrying about shelter" because it was your choice to overdo it.

Once you break through the median family income, your goal should be to save as much as possible, not to spend it all and have nothing to show for it.

You need to, right now, go to a retirement investtent web site such as Vanguard.com, open an account, and start putting 25% paycheck in it until you have a years worth of income saved up, then you can drop that back to 10-15% or so. If you do this, you basically won't ever have to worry about money again.

Yes, you won't be able to buy a new BMW 5 series every 2 years, no, you won't be able to move out of that $600,000 crapshack and into a million dollar crapshack in 5 years. But for the love of god, don't openly worry about your finances when you make over $200k a year! You have a spending problem, not an earning problem.

Comment States Rights (Score 5, Insightful) 289

While it seems like the federal government is out of line taking the right to govern away from the states, in reality it is the states that are taking away the right to govern from local governments that ACTUALLY WANT municipal broadband.

Ensuring that municipalities maintain their rights to roll out local broadband isn't a perversion of states rights, its preventing states rights from perverting local rights.

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